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295 youth certify on various skills training

May 2, 2017 By Hassan G. Koroma

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Cross section of the graduates

As part of their continuous effort in transforming the lives of youth in Kono, the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), through the Government Trade Institute (GTI) on Saturday, 22nd April, 2017, certified 295 youth, who were trained in various skills.

The various components include electrification and fitting, refrigerator mechanics, electronics, auto-mechanics, carpentry, Information Communication Technology, welding and panel beating.

Upon completion of the training program, each of them received the sum total of six hundred and fifty thousand Leones (Le 650,000) as a start-up kit from NMJD.

Youth who were unable to finance their educational carrier were encouraged to apply from across eight Chiefdoms, mostly dominated with mining activities within Kono district based on recommendation from the chiefdom authorities, according to Joseph Ansumana, District Manager of NMJD Kono.

According to him the initial funds for the project was provided by GoBiFo which handed it over to NMJD for implementation but due to some set back their were unable to access the fund and the government of Sierra Leone later step in to assist, disclosing that the total amount is about one billion one hundred million Leones (Le 1.1bn).

He disclosed that the purpose of the training was  to empower the youth to be self- reliance, take their minds away from mining activities and focus on carrier path programs.

The District Manager maintained that 55% of the youth that successfully went through the 8 months training were presently gainfully employed, while currently pursuing their education at higher institutions in their areas of specialties.

Mr Ansumana explained that they decided to involve GTI in the area of certification as the appropriate authority across the country in such area, adding that they were actively involved in the training process through supervisory, developing the curriculum and also training the trainers just to ensure the credibility of the program.

According to the Chairman Kono District Youth Council, Melvin Komba Alieu, approximately the youth population was about 65%, which means that the district was youth dominated, explaining that providing the enabling environment for them will continue to maintain calmness in Kono rather than seeing themselves as ready political tools.

He disclosed that the graduation ceremony of the youths in Kono was a dream comes true, despite numerous challenges during the process, adding that they were presently working on another training program for youth just to keep them on track.

Speaking to one of the parents of the Graduates, Madam Adama Kamachegeh,  expressed appreciation to the organizers for helping their children achieve their dreams, adding that with such trainings their children would  now rely on their skills for survival.

She maintained that she would continue with her motherly advice to encourage graduates achieve their goals so that they will not loss focus of their future, which is paramount to the development of their district and the country as a whole.

According to one of the graduates in electrical, Fatmata Chendeka, she decided to go in for the program to be self-reliant, as seeking job in that part of the country was not an easy task.

She stated that her intention was to compete with her men counterpart as most of her female colleagues went in for ICT training, but she chose electrical because Kono was currently enjoying electricity power supply.

Officials from GTI admonished the graduates to make use of the opportunity given to them and ensure they utilize their certificates to the best of their abilities, adding that holding the certificates from GTI have automatically qualified them to apply for diploma courses for further education.